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2020-05-02

John Wick 4 lagged behind until 2022, clearing the way for Keanu Reeves' Matrix 4

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate has pushed the next John Wick movie back a full year. Originally scheduled for release on May 21, 2021, John Wick: Chapter 4 is now scheduled to hit theaters May 27, 2022.

That moves the movie out of the way of another Keanu Reeves action movie that was set to go down the same day: Warner Bros. still has The Matrix 4 on its May 21, 2021 schedule.

Likewise, Lionsgate delays more of its film slate, including the reboot of the Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson Saw series, Spiral. The horror film was to hit theaters on May 15, but was delayed to May 2021, taking over the original date of John Wick 4. The delays result from film-theater closures and production issues related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and they come after dozens of other major studio films have been pushed back months or a full year.

John Wick 4 was announced at the weekend John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum hit film theaters and set a new franchise box-office record. John Wick 3 ended up on something of a cliffhanger, with a gravely injured Wick recovering from being gunned down by Winston (Ian McShane) on the Continental roof in the care of the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne). The final moments of the third chapter set Wick's revenge against The High Table, the mysterious organization in his assassin-dominated world which oversees assassins.

In the works with Ballerina Lionsgate also has a John Wick spinoff, a planned franchise expansion about a younger assassin. Underworld director Len Wiseman helms that film. A release date has still not been set.